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Conor McGregor's UFC return card takes HUGE hit as failed drug test scraps fight

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CONOR MCGREGOR’s comeback card has taken a major hit due to a failed drug test.

The former two-weight world champion will be back in the octagon on June 29 in the main event of UFC 303 in Las Vegas, where he’ll finally throw down with Michael Chandler.

Conor McGregor will throw down with Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 303

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Conor McGregor will throw down with Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 303Credit: Getty
Jamahal Hill vs Khalil Rountree was supposed to serve as the co-main event

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Jamahal Hill vs Khalil Rountree was supposed to serve as the co-main eventCredit: UFC
But Rountree has been forced out of the fight due to a failed drug test

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But Rountree has been forced out of the fight due to a failed drug testCredit: Getty

A mouthwatering clash of light-heavyweights between former champion Jamahal Hill and Khalil Rountree Jr was set to serve as the co-main event of the evening.

But a positive drug test for the surging Rountree Jr – who has won his last five via stoppage – has scuppered the fight.

The American, 34, announced his doping violation and subsequent withdrawal from the card on social media.

He wrote: “I’m gutted to deliver this news to you all but I will not be fighting at UFC 303 due to consuming a banned substance.

“I did not do this intentionally and I am doing everything I can to get this situation taken care of.

“I was using a personalized, tailored supplement service from a company that I trusted who understood my limitations in what I can and cannot take.

“They accidentally sent a blended supplement to me that contained [a] banned substance called DHEA (which is prohibited at all times under the UFC anti-doping policy).

“Only after I consumed it was its ingredients brought to my attention.”

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He continued: “I immediately contacted senior vice president of anti-doping compliance Jeff Novitzky and UFC vice president of anti-doping compliance Donna Marcolini upon receiving that information to inform them of this matter.

“I’ve provided them with all of the information to show that this was not a matter of cheating or to enhance performance.

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“Although DHEA is non-performance enhancing, it is a banned substance therefore I am under temporary suspension.

“My sincerest apologies to you all and to Jamahal for this unfortunate series of events. This is a huge loss and an even bigger lesson.”

It’s unclear if the UFC will look for a replacement for Rountree Jr or remove Hill – who suffered a brutal KO loss to Alex Pereira last month – from the card altogether.

Former two-division champion McGregor’s clash with Chandler will be his first octagon outing since he snapped his left leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier nearly three years ago.

The Irishman will bid to pick up his first win in FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS when he throws down with his fellow fan favourite.

And he plans to get back to winning ways in emphatic fashion, recently saying: “I am Terminator now.

“I have a titanium rod that goes into the knee and down to the bone, right down to my ankle.

“It’s unbreakable.

“I wish for and I will work on landing this kick – with this steel bar in my leg – against an opponent and getting them out of there.”

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